Documentary explores the male world of the hi-tech industry

By Costa Maragos Posted: March 1, 2017 12:00 p.m.

The new Creative Technologies MediaLab series presents CODE – Debugging the Gender Gap. More than 3-quarters of jobs in the hi-tech industry are filled by males.
The new Creative Technologies MediaLab series presents CODE – Debugging the Gender Gap. More than 3-quarters of jobs in the hi-tech industry are filled by males. Photo courtesy of codedoc.co

It is still mostly a man’s world when it comes to working in the hi-tech industry.

There are three times more men than women employed in Canada’s Information communications technology field. What’s worse, women in these professions earn 88 cents for each dollar earned by men, according to a report by the Information and Communications Technology Council.

These startling numbers are played out in the documentary CODE – Debugging the Gender Gap – showing at the University of Regina, Thursday, March 2 7:00 p.m. in room 40 of the Riddell Centre.

The event is part of the new Creative Technologies MediaLab series. The documentary examines the questions “why are more girls, women and people of colour not seeking educational opportunities in computer science? The film explains how cultural mindsets, stereotypes, educational hurdles, unconscious biases and sexism play a role in this.

“It is important to show this documentary at the U of R to remind people of the growing possibilities for careers and exploration in computer sciences and to make it clear that women should be an important part of these explorations,” says Megan Smith, assistant professior, Interdisciplinary Programs (Creative Technologies) in the Faculty of Media, Art, and Performance.

The film also features inspiring stories of women who are having their voices heard in the tech industry.

Nearly a third of graduate students at the U of R’s Computer Science Department are women. That number has been relatively consistent over the past 17 years.  

“It’s surprising to learn that women are still under-represented in these types of fields. The film CODE highlights gender discrepancies, and also puts the spotlight on some women who have made crucial contributions to the world of computer science, coding, etc.,” says Smith.

The showing of the documentary, which is open to the public, will be followed by a discussion.  

Event: CODE: Debugging the Gender Gap
Date: Thursday, March 2
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Venue: The Creative Technologies MakerSpace
Room 040 in the Riddell Centre – Main Campus.
Admission is free and open to the public.

For more information please contact Helen Pridmore - 306-585-5540 or via email at helen.pridmore@uregina.ca
 
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